Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

There’s a certain dreamy creaminess to this delicious and healthy strawberry banana smoothie.  The blended oats, strawberry, and banana create a sweetness that makes you feel like you’re enjoying an indulgent dessert rather than a nutrient-packed glass of goodness. 

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ingredients

Strawberries

Aside from their delicious sweetness, strawberries come loaded with a number of health benefits too.  They are relatively low in calories gram for gram and are a good source of vitamin C and potassium. 

Fresh or frozen fruit are both perfectly acceptable for this easy and healthy strawberry banana smoothie recipe.  Frozen fruit retains all of the sweetness of freshly picked and perfectly ripe fruit and there really is no need to defrost frozen fruit to achieve the best strawberry banana smoothie here.  In fact, I find that frozen bananas add extra creaminess not to mention that all-important chilled mouthfeel that is synonymous with a great smoothie taste.      

For this simple and healthy strawberry banana smoothie, I’ve selected strawberries, bananas and oats as the main ingredients.  Incorporating low to medium GI index ingredients into your diet can support your weight loss efforts because these food types are digested slowly and help to prevent a spike in blood sugar levels.  This means you’ll feel fuller for longer and be less inclined to reach for a sugary snack in between meal-times. 

PS, this smoothie is great for a hangover if you have over-indulged the night before or are feeling a little fragile #nojudginghere.

Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe Variations

Fruit Variations

If you are not keen on bananas or simply don’t have any in your fruit bowl then do not fear!  I often enjoy this healthy strawberry banana smoothie with yoghurt and either leave in or leave out the banana.  Greek yoghurt works best and allows the smoothie to retain a wonderful creaminess. 

Protein Supplement

I’ve always use a good quality protein powder.  There are many plant-based and whey powders available to buy that would work equally well in this healthy strawberry banana smoothie.  If I have a resistance training session planned, I’ll make this smoothie in advance and enjoy it as a healthy post-workout recovery snack. 

Adjusting the sweetness of your smoothie

My healthy strawberry banana smoothie is deliciously sweet whether you choose perfectly ripe or frozen fruits for this recipe.  If you are using frozen bananas then you’ll find that the riper the banana was at the time of freezing the sweeter it will make your smoothie taste.  If you are catering for an exceptionally sweet palette then you might want to consider adding 1-2 teaspoons of honey or stevia.  For a vegan alternative, maple syrup has a good level of sweetness too.

More Delicious Smoothie Recipes

For more delicious berry-flavoured smoothie recipes, Here’s a selection of my favourites:

Indulgent Cherry Smoothie

Healthy Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Easy Raspberry Smoothie

Mixed Berry Smoothie

Or head on over to my blog for even more smoothie and smoothie bowl recipe ideas.

Healthy Strawberry Banana Recipe

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen) cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 130 ml oat milk
  • 130 g fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 50 g oats

Instructions

  • Remove the banana from its peel (if fresh), break into 1/2 inch pieces and place in a blender
  • Add the milk
  • Remove the stalks from the strawberries (if using fresh) otherwise add to the blender
  • Add the protein powder and oats to the blender
  • Blend all ingredients together until smooth
  • You may want to add a dash more milk or some water if the smoothie is too thick
  • Pour into a glass and then pop in a couple of ice cubes to serve

Ingredient Substitutes

This really is a quick and easy strawberry banana smoothie recipe to have in your armour.  Yes, it’s nutritious and filling but it also lends itself to lots of variations. Here are a few alternative ingredient suggestions that I’ve tried and tested:

Strawberry Substitute

You could easily substitute the strawberries for another berry of your choice.  Raspberries, cherries, blackberries or blueberries are all delicious eaten fresh and whilst in season.  Alternatively, bags of frozen berries are readily available in the freezer section of your local supermarket.

Oat Milk Substitute

I simply love the creamy flavour of oat milk but that’s not to say that you can’t enjoy this smoothie with other milk alternatives.  I’ve made this recipe with both almond milk and diary in the past.  Both tasted delicious and did not detract from the finished flavour and texture.

Almond milk has the advantage of being dairy-free and vegan.  Oat, soy, dairy or coconut would all work just as well. 

Tips

– If you have leftover fresh berries or banana, then freezing them for another time is a great way to cut out waste.  Soft fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana and cherries all freeze exceptionally well provided you remember to flash freeze them first and then transfer them to handy freezer bags for easy access at a later date. 

– Simply place a single layer of the fruit on a baking sheet or tray, pop it into your freezer and allow to freeze for 2-3 hours.  Once frozen, you can place in handy freezer bags or plastic storage containers until required. 

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